Old Montreal scavenger hunt

Old Montreal 3-hour self-guided walking tour and scavenger hunt

Are you looking for things to do in Montreal? You must try this scavenger hunt to visit old Montreal! It will take you around and through the entire perimeter while throwing challenges your way, giving you some history, and offers up some local tips.

There are 2 tours to choose from. #1 is our original Tourist Scavenger Hunt and it is longer than the 2nd. #2 launched in 2020 and takes you to some different parts of Old Montreal, and some of the same locations as the 1st, but with different challenges.

4.2 km
2.6 mi



Scavenger Hunt information :

  • Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal
  • Montreal’s City Hall
  • Pointe-à-Callière Museum
  • Bonsecours Market
  • Place Jacques Cartier
  • Montreal Science Center
  • Ramsay Castle
  • Exclusive to tour #1
    • Clocktower pier
    • Notre-Dame de Bonsecours Chapel
    • Bonsecours Basin
    • Montreal Friendship Gate
    • and more
  • Exclusive to tour #2
    • Square Victoria
    • Fragment of the Berlin Wall
    • Montreal Stock Exchange
    • Boris Bistro
    • and more

Because we live here in Montreal, we update this scavenger hunt on a yearly basis.


  • Starting location: in front of the Musée Pointe-à-Callière, 165 Place d’Youville, Montreal, QC H2Y 2B2
    • Distance Tour #1: 4.2 km / 2.6 mi
    • Distance Tour #2: 3.2 km / 2 mi
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Needed: fully charged Smartphone with internet access (data plan, wifi is not enough)
  • Suggested:
    • Water bottle
    • local street map


Montreal was founded in 1642 by Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve. Maisonneuve gave his name to many landmarks in this city including a large park north of the Olympic Stadium in the east end and to an east-west major artery that runs through downtown. This scavenger hunt, however, will keep you in Old Montreal. 

Consequently, around the midway point, you will be standing in front of Maisonneuve’s statue. The hunt will take you from, what seems like, one end to the other of Old Montreal. You will walk along the Old Port and zig-zag through the cobblestoned narrow streets that are reminiscent of European cities. As well, it might also, to a limited degree, remind you of New Orleans ’ French Quarter in certain areas. Throughout this scavenger hunt, you will learn fun historical facts while solving riddles and finding clues that will take you from one location to another.

Incidentally, did you know Montreal celebrated its 375th birthday in 2017? Moreover, did you know that in 2016 alone, Montreal hosted 717 film shoots from local productions to Hollywood and beyond?

Google Reviews

Tremendous fun discovering Old Montreal while solving challengesSamuel-François ParentOctober 9, 2023
(Translated by Google) Very nice activity. The children liked the puzzles. (Original) Très belle activité. Les enfants ont aimé les énigmes.Adeline FleuryApril 10, 2023
SMed ZAHAR (Smed ZAHAR)October 16, 2022
Interesting stops and information, but some of the answers to the questions were wrong or missing. A good way to explore some of the areaclaire SalesJune 30, 2022
Richa SinghSeptember 4, 2019
Patty MorningstarJuly 28, 2019
Alma CristinaNovember 24, 2018
A cheap way to tour several anti socal people. Hit several important sites. Could have had more fun facts though.Virginia MottSeptember 16, 2018
(Translated by Google) What a great way to discover old Montreal, it gives us a new vision of the place and allows us to see new places. Very fun to do in a group too. I recommand it. (Original) Quelle belle façon de découvrir le vieux Montréal, ça nous donne une nouvelle vision de l’endroit et nous permet de voir de nouvelles places. Très amusant de le faire en groupe également. Je le recommande.julie mainvilleAugust 11, 2018
(Translated by Google) We did this tour after trying another from another company. This one was by far more fun and informative. (Original) Nous avons fait ce circuit après en avoir essayer un autre d’une autre compagnie. Celui ci était de loin plus amusant et instructif.Genevieve MarquisAugust 11, 2018
(Translated by Google) Great way to visit Montreal, different and not too long. (Original) Belle façon de visiter Montréal, différente et pas trop longue .Jean-Charles BeauboisApril 23, 2018
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